Tendulkar gave an inspirational speech in which he remembered how, when recovering from tennis elbow and shoulder surgery in 2004-05, he realised during practice in England that international sportsmen often forget why they started playing sport in the first place.
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“Pressure will be your constant companion, but you have raised the expectations with your performance,” Tendulkar told the 26 athletes in a virtual send-off ceremony.
Sachin Tendulkar’s words
“You have worked hard in these difficult times. And if nobody has any expectations of you as an athlete, you are in the wrong place. You will have heard that winning and losing are part of the sport. Let us win and let the others lose. When you wear the medal, see the Tricolour go up and hear the National Anthem, it will be the biggest moment of your life,” he added.